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Mosul 200000 more people could be displaced as battle nears Old City

“The numbers of people fleeing their homes in western Mosul are overwhelming,” said Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Lise Grande in a press release from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Since military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) began in Mosul seven months ago, nearly 700,000 people have been displaced, including 500,000 people from the city’s western neighbourhoods. Iraqi Security Forces have made rapid gains in north-west Mosul and ISIL terrorists are reportedly surrounded in the west of the city.“The military battle in Mosul isn’t over yet and even when it is, the emergency will continue for months… Hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake,” said Ms. Grande, stressing the need to re-double efforts to mobilize more resources to assist the people in need.She said many are lacking food and haven’t had access to safe drinking water and medicines for weeks or months.Acknowledging the generosity of people in other parts of Mosul who are opening their homes for displaced families, she said: “Without this support, the camps would have been overwhelmed long ago.”To date, the $985 million appeal for Iraq is less than 30 per cent funded. About $331 million is being sought for the Mosul assistance. read more

Man arrested after drugs worth €40000 found in Mayo house

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED €40,000 worth of drugs during a raid of a house in Mayo.A man in his 20s was arrested after the bust.Thirty cannabis plants were discovered at the house near Bangor Erris this morning.Gardaí also found a large drying chamber, fertiliser and liquid feed.The man is now being held at Belmullet Garda station.Read: Use cannabis from time to time? Even casual use can alter your brain, a new study says>Read: Two released and three still in custody over €5.1m drugs seizure>last_img read more